Safe: Safety always overrides any other aspects of driving Systematic: Advanced drivers use a way of driving called "The System" which is derived from the Police "Roadcraft" system of car control, IPSGA. Smooth: If the driver uses the System of Car Control efficiently then their handling skills can be properly coordinated, along with observation. The drive should also be smooth, as well as safe and systematic. Progressive: Frequently incorrectly translated to mean Speed, this is the ability to make good progress when safe to do so and is an important skill that an advanced driver should possess. Restrained: The ability to recognise when to hold back from particular hazards.
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Preparing For Your Advanced Driving Test Join your local Advanced Motorists Group! As a member of a local group you will be allocated to ‘your’ Observer, the person who will help develop your new skills. Your Observer will arrange to meet you on a regular basis at mutually convenient times and during these sessions, which last typically up to 2 hours, you can expect to drive about 30 to 40 miles demonstrating your new skills and progressively developing the advanced driving techniques including that of ‘Observation’.  You also can expect to participate in question and answer chats and the session usually concludes with a joint review of the skills you have developed. This process usually takes between 6 and 8 drives.  However, your Observer will be aiming to have you ready for a pre-assessment drive at around the 5th session.  Following a successful pre-assessment drive you can apply to take your Advanced Driving Test
Taking the Advanced Test The   Examiner   is   looking   at   the   whole   drive.   IAM   Examiners   do   not   search   for   faults   alone;   they   are trained   to   search   for   positive   aspects   as   well   as   negative.   The   Examiner   will   be   honest   and   forthright regarding   your   overall   ability   and   looks   for   the   confident   application   and   competence   in   all   aspects   of the   drive.   If   all   the   above   criteria   are   met,   the   drive   should   exhibit   the   qualities   of   a   safe,   systematic, smooth,   progressive,   and   balanced   drive.   The   driver   ensures   that   the   vehicle   is   always   in   the   right place   on   the   road,   travelling   at   the   right   speed,   in   the   right   gear   for   the   speed,   and   they   can   always stop the vehicle safely in the distance that can be seen to be clear.
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